Tuesday, October 25, 2011
SALEM -- The man fatally shot in a confrontation with Salem Police officers in the early morning of Monday, Oct. 17, was a part-time Dallas resident.
Dru Larson, 22, was shot and killed after leading police on a chase through downtown Salem, reportedly in a stolen car. The chase ended after Larson crashed into a stop sign and parked car near the corner of Liberty and Grove streets.
According to a Salem Police press release, Larson "failed to comply with the commands of the officers and his subsequent actions placed officers at the scene in imminent danger."
As a result, officers fired their guns at Larson, striking him. Officers attempted to give him emergency medical aid, but he was declared dead at the scene.
A State Medical Examiner autopsy performed Monday, Oct. 17, confirmed Larson died of gunshot wounds.
Larson was a resident of Salem, but did live in the Dallas area on occasion in recent years.
He had several criminal convictions in Polk County since 2010, including identity theft, sex abuse, possession of methamphetamine and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
The officers who fired their weapons in the Oct. 17 shooting, Rogers Smith and Laura Seefeldt, were placed on administrative leave.
Larson was driving a 1989 Honda Civic that had been reported stolen. Officers spotted the vehicle at 1:01 a.m. near downtown Salem and began to follow with the intention of stopping it when the chase began.